1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Hi guys, Simone of Eva Can’t here! We worked hard on this album as we did for every albums before, but Gravatum needed more than one year in our studio for recording and mixing so was a very long and strenuous process. The mastering was realized by Giuseppe Orlando (drummer of metal legend Novembre) and this January we have completed the album. We felt the need to work with a label that could understand our musical concept and we sent a couple of songs in order to be signed: that label was My Kingdom Music. We are very happy for joining our forces, the work they’re making supporting the album is awesome.
2.Recently the band has released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
In the essence the sound has the main traits that always characterized us: a deep work in musical writing, the choice of singing in italian and a strong melodic research. In other ways the songs of the album are the darkest and slowest, and probably the more emotive we ever worked on.
3.In the beginning the music was more death metal influenced and the newer material seems to be moving way from that style, can you tell us a little bit more about the decision behind the new musical direction?
It’s essentially an expression need, when I started writing the first ideas for Gravatum I felt mandatory to communicate less with head and more with heart, but I also needed to not destroy what we made in the past; we were looking for to improve ourselves musically and artistically and this path brought us a bit farer by fast blast beats and technical riffs.
4.You refer to your music as 'dramatic metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term.
That was an idea of our Label, we rarely refer our music with tags but we understand that for communication this is fundamental; since our music has a strong theatrical influence both in the lyrics and the vocals, and since has a strong emotive suggestion, “dramatic metal” was a way to summarize all of this.
5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Gravatum is a concept album, is the last day of man before its fall, this is seen by the eyes of the sun moving around the earth; the album is conceived as a dialog between different actors, each one has a symbolic meaning (the Sun is life, the Sea is memory… and so on). Each song moves around a particular hour of the day.
6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Eva Can't?
Eva Can’t is the english translation of the chorus of the opening track of our debut album “L’Enigma delle Ombre”. The limit of Eva is the limit of all men: death.
7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We don’t play live often since Italy is a hard place for alternative music; conditions for playing live are often inappropriate, anyway we love playing live show when possible. On stage we try to be as genuine as possible, we don’t have “special effects” but put all ourselves in what we play. Probably the Mèidinitali Fest we played in 2011 was the most exciting in terms of atmosphere and was the only show where all the bands had a strong artistic connection among them.
8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
We are playing a special live show at the end of September in our city (Bologna) to present live the new album, we are sharing the stage with Helfir. After this we are going to move around to promote Gravatum the most as possibile, we are still working on the details about this.
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme and melodic metal?
Previous works have been very well evaluated by Italian press and we have a very small but loyal fanbase, we also shipped some CDs to buyers all over the world (Mexico, Japan, Canada…).
10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
I’m the most busy of the band ah ah ah, I’m very lucky to be part also of two of the most important underground realities of Bologna: In Tormentata Quiete that just released the fourth album and Malnàtt wherewith I’m working on the latest album. Diego, our drummer, is indeed recording the debut album of Black Madonna.
11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Right now we want to support Gravatum the best as possible, after this we will surely work on something new, 2019 is the tenth anniversary of the band and I would like to celebrate it in some special way.
12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Its is difficult to answer anyway albums like Materia by Novembre, or Otta by Solstafir had surely some influence on our music. I literally listen to every genre but I’m very selective; I loved the new Roger Waters album as the last Katatonia release; HandCannotErase by Steven Wilson and latest Radiohead took great part of my listenings in recent years. Anyway great band of the past are also always in my ears, Pink Floyd over all.
13.What are some of your non musical interests?
I play boardgames and videogames and I love reading comics; as I do with music I’m very selective also with nerd stuffs :)
14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all thank you for your support, we really appreciate it, and I ask to everyone to take a listen to Gravatum: this album costed us 4 years of work. Give us some of your time and I guarantee that it will not be thrown ;)